Jeongwon Ji is a London based product designer, born in South Korea. Ji is primarily interested in creating everyday objects that reflect her observations of people, urban life and social change. Spread Light is a new ceiling light collection, the outcome of a structural study of movement. Ji created a light which can be pulled wider or made smaller, encouraging human engagement. Made from Perspex using traditional hand made methods and available in different colours.
SOFttILES created by Elena Goray are deliberately made to surprise - the initial impression is that the tiles are soft, but with a play on senses the tiles reveal a hardness like ceramic. The surface structure of Goray’s porcelain tiles gives the illusion of organic skin and is inspired by the patterns created on a leather Chesterfield chair. The tiles are unexpectedly affective as you have the irresistible urge to touch them.
After establishing Pink Tank in 2008, Chelsea Klein has been striving to create everyday accessories through manufacturing techniques usually reserved for industrial products. The bookmark (pictured) was finely etched from a thin sheet of stainless steel and was made in Tacoma, Washington. It features the Pausing pattern which is just one of 30 designs available from the collection. It was created to serve as a simple reminder to take a pause and reflect on the world around you. Other products available from Pink Tank include mobiles and clocks.
Fish shelving, designed by Sergey Saava is created to hold CDs and can be grouped together to create an art piece. Doors break up the display, which can be produced in different colours to suit the decor. Lounge Furniture designs and produces storage solutions for the home and office that are aesthetically pleasing.
2tec2 flooring enhances the quality and value of any commercial or residential project including offices, retail, hotels, restaurants, wellness and residential venues. The innovative weaving techniques and luxurious yet low-maintenance materials used in this ultra-stylish floor covering offer exceptional design and performance. Le Tissage D’Arcade has created a 2tec2 box of samples for use in room design, which has 25 different examples.
Mark Finzel is an award-winning contemporary surface designer and artist who creates highly distinctive textile and wallpaper designs. Using his own photography, Finzel abstracts images from nature to create bold yet intricate patterns known for their richness of colour. The new collection, which was created in collaboration with Best & Lloyd, was launched at Tent London and reflects the artist’s fascination with oblique and distorted angles.
Rocket will be exhibiting Tom Lovegrove’s Bench at stand C21 in the Content area of Tent London. A simple line sketch turned 3D, great lengths were taken to achieve the clean lines of the original design. The joints were water-jet cut from a 25mm steel block to achieve seamless lines. This allowed for very tight radii to be created. Unsightly crush bends we normally associate with bent square tubes were polished back to a seamless finish and then powder-coated.
Tank’s gold-sequined reception desk says “fashion” and “office” in one. Yet the rest of the cult fashion title’s workspace is a calm and functional backdrop. Founded by Masoud Golsorkhi 10 years ago and owned by the stunning Caroline Issa, Tank was in need of a new office – and architect Geraldine Dening jumped at the chance to do the fit-out.
They found a 1980s prefab building just off Oxford Street and Dening turned the three suspended offices into a single holistic work palace in which their publishing wonders could unfold. “Golsorkhi wanted the new space to be completely white, yet not sterile,” recalls Dening. The greatest challenge was to reuse the old furniture, from desks to the previously built-in glass panels. Dening says: “The financial constraints actually became a strong design catalyst”. Initially, she considered going for a cat-walk approach, with a long central table to walk along. So the walls were ripped down to create one long thin space, with huge open windows lining one side, probably reinstating the space to its original state. “In office design, there can be a tendency towards designing the ‘machine for working in’, and although we wanted the space to work as an office, something that is not quite rational is crucial to take the edge off the machine,” says Dening.A feng shui master checked the energy of the space and little elephants are perched on the windowsill to bring luck. The office floor has a deceptive quality of narrowing down to the end, the way well-cut clothing can flatter. The false perspective gives the room a sense of progression. From the bold reception desk where you can envisage models buzzing around, there is a flow into the front office, where phones ring off the hook and papers fly over the cutting tables, with layouts across workstations. Next come the calmer offices of the directors, followed by the final frontier that is the meeting room, which has a large sofa and huge table were people come to a stop, sit and focus.It was paramount to Golsorkhi to keep the view open, so nothing higher than 1.5m could be built. To hide inevitable storage, Dening created a large partitioning unit which consists of a white perforated wall. As odd as it may sound, it brings colour to the space. On closer inspection, the perforations are actually a pixilated version of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe. “I chose to reduce Marilyn, the queen of pop icons, to a semi-transparent surface as a tongue-in-cheek swipe at the fame industry,” says Dening. It is a clear analogue to Tank’s approach to fashion: to rid the design of the celebrity and PR-driven circus and to focus on design. “Fame, pop and glamour are associated with fashion, hence the Warhol,” she adds. “The perforations are also a reference to print media and a nod to Lichtenstein.”But apart from the white wall, Dening had to work with the given – to reuse the old furniture. So she developed a collage technique that she describes as “alchemical conjunction”. She created several collages by cutting up magazines and stencils of the furniture, images of models and the dimensions of the glass walls. “I guess my design process is quite porous,” says Dening. “I love working directly with the client and find each project comes together as the result of particularities of the moment of gestation: the people, parameters, context, budget and so on.”The reconfiguration of the existing building blocks in the new space has created a clean crisp new office. Everyone at Tank seems to love it. Dening finds the best challenge about office projects is ensuring the space makes the team’s workflow easier. “Office design is about taking raw materials and creating the software, so the workload flows. It is not about hardware; I am not making an object.” The space does indeed encourage circulation and works in its simplicity. Like fashion – haute couture aside – it serves a purpose and is functional, while at the same time expressing Tank’s personality. See for yourself!